U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administrative Supplements to Research Grants

Supplemental funds can be requested for emergencies or other situations which result in unforeseen costs.  Some such situations may be:

  • A natural or manmade disaster that damages the principal investigator's lab or other research resources
  • Failure of essential equipment
  • Unexpected or increased costs of recruiting subjects
  • Unexpected or increased costs of performing laboratory analyses

Requests must be within the scope of research proposed and reviewed in the parent grant.  Prior to submitting a supplement request, it is strongly recommended that principal investigators speak with the program official associated with the parent grant to discuss eligibility, alignment with Institute expectations/priorities, and availability of funds.

Please note the following regarding administrative supplement requests:

  • NIDDK has prioritized its budget to maintain funding of investigator-initiated grants at the highest possible level. Therefore, the institute has little flexibility to support administrative supplements.
  • Given this prioritization, the number of successful administrative supplement applications will be extremely low and generally limited to rare, unforeseen circumstances (e.g., requests to replace key pieces of equipment following a natural disaster).
  • Applicants who are successful in receiving supplemental funds will be informed of the NIDDK’s decision via a Notice of Award.

For application instructions and other requirements, please see: